A group of Maasai leaders from Ilmamen village will be visiting Kilisa Village of the Kamba community in Kenya. The Maasai are known as the Kenyan cultural ambassadors while the vibrant Kamba are culturally famous for Kenyan wood-carvings among other things. The two communities live on similar terrain of very dry lands. Kilisa village has however found a way to secure water for dry seasons by building sand-dams on their seasonal rivers. The Maasai leaders will be visiting Kilisa to witness first-hand the innovation that has changed the face of the village and to take back that knowledge to their own situation.
This is a great example of how the Africa Rising network helps facilitate growth and learning among the partner organizations. This knowledge exchange initiative is an agreement between two Africa Rising partner organizations; Africa Economic Foundation (AEF) & Africa Leadership & Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) Kenya. The two organizations have plans to establish a long-term partnership to venture together to address the drought crisis that threatens their communities. This exchange will be the first among a series of initiatives to bring the two communities together in Peace-building and Community Development.
This partnership have drafted plans to co-write and submit a grant proposal for funds to build similar wells in Ilmamen village and begin agricultural projects to generate income.
Africa Rising has been working hard to prepare for its annual meeting, planned for Sept 20-22, 2012. This year's annual meeting will emphasize capacity building to help equip the grassroots organizational partners become centers for learning. This will also be a time to vision together about the future of Africa Rising, as we strive to become more African-based and are registering an official branch in East Africa.
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